Monday, August 19, 2019

Original Literacy Scholarship Based on W.E.B. DuBois's The Brownies' Book, the 1st Magazine Published for African-American Kids and Youth

     With editors such as legendary scholar and visionary publisher, W. E. B. DuBois, and Jessie Faucet, a renowned literary voice of the Harlem Renaissance, The Brownies' Book (January 1920-December 1921) is a publication for the ages. In print just two years, the children's magazine catered to an audience that targeted "all children, but especially for ours, the Children of the Sun" (DuBois, 1919, p. 285). In view of its groundbreaking contributions, the monthly is distinguished as a foundational work in American children's publishing, literature, and literacy. Examination of the short-lived magazine's successes and challenges uncovers and sheds light on its core strategies to move past decades-old impediments to achieve new gains in literacy, publishing, and community building.


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 Citation: 
Williams-Sanchez, Valerie L. (2019) "The Brownies' Book," The Reading Professor: Vol. 42 : Iss. 1,  Article 5.

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